Log in

WWLF News and Annoucements

  • 30 Aug 2023 9:06 AM | Anonymous

    Our industry is, in many ways, an unsung hero. It operates behind the curtain, yet it’s the machine fueling the connectivity our world relies on. Despite the insatiable demand for data and a promising future driven by digital infrastructure, the market is not immune to slowdowns.

    Carrie Charles, who began her career in the Marines, is currently CEO of Broadstaff, a nationally certified, woman and veteran-owned staffing firm, specializing in telecom. I interviewed Carrie to get her take on what is happening in the wireless workforce– good and bad.

    A Deceleration, Not A Pause

    Some have suggested telecom has hit a full stop. However, Charles recently attended a private event alongside key industry leaders who instead described it as a “deceleration.” Carriers’ 5G activity has been more coordinated compared to years’ past. Plus, Dish reached its 70% buildout milestone in June. “All of that combined, it feels more impactful than ever before, even though it’s cyclical and we’ve been through this with every ‘G,’” says Charles.

    That ‘deceleration’ has however prompted layoffs. There is a trickle-down effect stemming from the carriers, impacting all facets of the wireless infrastructure ecosystem. And it’s likely to continue, as Charles believes there are companies that are still in a contemplation phase, trying to determine when the turnaround will begin. “Those companies haven’t started the layoff process but may need to. It’s a matter of how long this cycle lasts,” she says.

    In the wake of layoffs, many feel uncertain about their next move. As someone who works with both candidates and hiring organizations, Ms. Charles recommends taking on the search for employment, “like a full-time job.” Wake up, complete your typical routine, and approach the job hunt like your career.

    “Be vocal and visible on LinkedIn and with your network,” she suggests, “You’re instantly a salesperson, for yourself. Re-skill and up-skill yourself,” via training programs through organizations such as WIA, TEC, Learning Alliance and community colleges. “Learn more about the fiber side,” says Charles. “There is $42B in funding that is going to be distributed soon, so there is a lot of opportunity.” (Editor’s note: Read the following article about BEAD by Amelia De Jesus)

    Emerging Opportunities

    It's not all doom and gloom. Charles identified a new trend: Unemployed wireless workers are being retrained and reskilled on the fiber side. “There are companies that are already having success with this. They’re training tower climbers and tower techs as fiber techs.” And in turn, many feel the experience will ultimately make them better tower technicians. Workers are applying transferable skill sets while diversifying their expertise. “There’s a silver lining there. There's an opportunity to keep our workforce employed while we wait this out.”

    There’s also significant buzz about AI. Broadstaff is already using it for sourcing. Its talent platform delivers access to millions of skilled candidates, some that are never seen in resume databases. “I truly believe AI is going to transform every industry, our lives. It’s going to be everywhere,” said Charles, who is confident it will drive digital infrastructure. “It’s something we need to pay attention to, we need to understand it. We don’t need to be experts. But we can’t be afraid of it.”

    More People in the Marketplace but a Specific Workforce Deficit Remains

    According to Charles, there are generally more people in the marketplace due to macroeconomic factors, increased interest rates and the higher cost of capital. “There are more candidates in the broader sphere, but it’s challenging to find the right fit for niche roles. There’s still a looming shortage on the broadband side. We’re not out of the woods just yet,” says Charles.

    She has seen a lot of activity and attention around workforce development, citing apprenticeships and even internal training programs. At the same time, Charles believes many of the initiatives need more time to gain traction. “People are identifying the problem and building solutions, but we haven’t seen them all come to fruition. There’s still a massive need for broadband technicians to complete what needs to be done over the next several years.”

    What else can be done? “We need to educate young people about this prospect, particularly in middle school and high school. We need outreach to those who have taken breaks from the workforce and are looking to step back in. We need wider initiatives in the way of communication to say, ‘we are here as an industry and it’s a great industry, and it’s an option for you.’” Charles also says scaling the available programs across the country will be crucial.

    A Forward-Thinking Future: Diversity, Inclusion & Retention

    On the other side, companies need to focus on keeping the talent they have.

    Recent research by Accenture suggests that 83% of employees prefer a hybrid work model. “Offering some sort of flexibility to your employees is going to strengthen retention. That’s the way the world is going – like it or not. It’s certainly a heated subject,” says Charles.

    Leadership should create a candidate pool of diversity and inclusion. Charles notes it’s more challenging in certain industries like construction but that can be improved upon with better education and communication centered around women.

    “Mentorship and sponsorship are also huge for women entering any male-populated industry,” says Charles. “Make sure you have mentors – male or female – and a sponsor inside your organization.” Last but certainly not least, prioritize personal branding. “I think that’s something we need to be better at. Just getting out there. We feel uncomfortable with self-promotion, but we need a brand within our network.” Once women are within the organization, ensure there is a clear path to leadership and growth.

  • 04 Jun 2023 1:09 PM | Anonymous

    Regional Director: Nancy Hernandez, Central Region Representative for WWLF

    Nancy is a Senior Project Manager for the Civil Engineering department at Tower Engineering Professionals. Nancy is a dedicated and highly driven professional who resides in the Chicago Northwest Suburbs. She began her career in the wireless industry in 2007 as a project designer and quickly discovered her interests in civil engineering and project management.

    Nancy strives for success and thanks to her strong long-term relationships with her mentors and industry partners who’ve guided her along the way, she continues to raise her bar to grow, advance, support, and mentor our upcoming leaders.

    She is an active member of the Illinois Wireless Association, Wisconsin Wireless and Women’s Wireless Leadership Forum. Nancy has held the position of Co-Committee City Representative and currently holds the position of Regional Director of events for Women’s Wireless Leadership Forum , overseeing 11 cities in the central region. In addition, she is an active Board Director member and co-chair for membership/sponsorship for Illinois State Wireless Association.

    In her free time, Nancy treasures her time with her family enjoying outdoor activities, sports and traveling. Creating digital photo albums from all the long-lasting memories is something she strives for.

    If you are interested in getting more involved in WWLF events in the Central Region of the United States, please reach out to Nancy at

    WWLF currently has City Reps in the following major metro areas:

    Kansas City/St. Louis
    Sioux Falls

    Already in 2023 WWLF City Reps have hosted some fabulous events!


    • Volunteer day at San Lucas Church of Christ cooking, feeding, giving blessing bags and haircuts to the homeless community.
    • Networking and Wine Tasting at Cooper's Hawk


    • Volunteers made 100 non-perishable meals for Kids' Meals Houston, an organization that delivers healthy meals to children facing debilitating hunger due to extreme poverty.
    Detroit Metro Area
    • Volunteer Day/Meet & Greet to collect, organize and distribute food to 20 local Little Food Pantries. Venue: Whiskey Taco Foxtrot.
  • 04 Jun 2023 1:05 PM | Anonymous

    Despite recent efforts to foster diversity and inclusivity in corporate America, many industries remain male-dominated. This is especially true for the telecoms industry, where historic barriers have impeded progress. Although it is estimated (Zippia) that only 34% of telecom employees are female, this number is gradually increasing and can be further improved by advocating from within.

    As CEO of Tillman Infrastructure, I am passionate about ensuring that we push that percentage significantly higher, not only within my own organization, but throughout the industry. My journey to CEO has been incredibly rewarding, but as I’m sure many women will attest to from their own experiences, it has had a unique set of challenges.

    Following my graduation from Columbia University’s School of Engineering and Applied Sciences, I began working as an analyst at Citigroup. I had the opportunity to be a part of a core team that was integrating and growing a new business unit into the organization, so I was exposed not only to the finances but also the operations of the group. After a few years, I felt the desire to further my education, which led me to leave Citigroup and earn my master’s degree in business administration from INSEAD.

    Upon completion, I was hired as an investment analyst at MAST Capital Management. This role taught me how to determine the key levers in the operations of a company that drive value, as well as how an optimized capital structure can help fuel growth of a business. I learned so much from my peers and mentors at MAST, but after four and half years I was ready for a change – and I missed my family. This led me to approach my father about joining him and my brother in scaling his business, Tillman Global Holdings, an investor, owner, and operator of telecoms assets around the world. Committed to instilling fairness and transparency across the telecoms industry, Tillman Global Holdings proved to be the ideal place for personal and professional growth.

    As with any company just starting out, Tillman Infrastructure’s team was small, but agile. Titles were not structured or assigned, so I spent time across all sectors of the business, from hiring to operations, which allowed me to apply my skills and industry knowledge to scale the business.

    By joining Tillman at its roots, I was able to grow simultaneously with the company, which is a unique opportunity I will always be grateful for. I was exposed to countless growth and leadership opportunities, and I learned everything I know today about towers from my incredible colleagues that have joined the business over the past several years.

    As I took on this role as CFO, I was faced with the fundamental challenge of establishing credibility not only as a woman, but as a young professional in the field. Being the only woman in the room at countless meetings, I had to confidently assert myself and trust that my preparation, knowledge, and hard work would shine through. After 5 years as CFO, I was promoted to CEO of Tillman infrastructure in 2022. I find it crucial for women to be more involved in the industry. While telecom was historically perhaps a difficult industry for women to break into – and be recognized in – our role in this field is as important as ever. Digital infrastructure is the highway of our generation. Women should be trailblazers in this field and lead the charge on bridging the digital divide.

    When I am interviewing potential hires, I am looking for core skills and the right values in a candidate. If a female applicant with extensive experience in this sector is hard to find, then let’s look for a talented female candidate in an adjacent industry. I want to challenge other c-suite executives to dig deeper and look harder for female and minority candidates. We should be willing to take a leap of faith and put our trust in a candidate’s raw talent, work ethic, and ability to creatively solve problems, whatever field they may be coming from.

    I am so proud of the fact that, today, over 50% of our C-suite at Tillman Infrastructure is female. I also love that when I walk into a meeting with almost any of our customer partners, I am greeted by at least as many female leaders in the room as males. As I look even further down the chain – over 50% of the engineering class at Columbia University is now female. When I was a student, that figure was under 25%. I know that over the coming years we will see the percentage of female leaders in this industry continue to increase tremendously.

    If you are a female looking to grow your career in telecom or digital infrastructure, I encourage you to stay curious, be willing to adopt a creative approach to problem solving, take ownership of decision making, work diligently towards your goals, and have confidence in yourself. Pursue areas that are of interest to you, and don’t be afraid to speak up.

    Lastly, reach out to senior women in the field, as I know so many of us are passionate about supporting and mentoring the next generation of female leaders. WWLF is a great place to connect with women in the industry as are the local chapters of State Wireless Associations.

  • 04 Jun 2023 12:59 PM | Anonymous

    by Ashli Fuselier, SMW Engineering Group, Inc., WWLF Secretary, TXWA President

    In Late April, the Telecom world ascended on Vegas for the 2023 Wireless West Conference. The event kicked off with a Golf Tournament at the Arroyo Golf Club. After a beautiful day on the course, the attendees enjoyed an opening reception with a live band, Vegas-style entertainment, and lots of hands to shake.

    After a flashy start, including a live Elvis impersonator, our host, President of CALWA, Rodrigo de la Rosa, kicked us off. The speakers and panels covered many industry topics including “The State of the Data Center Market”; “Harnessing the Power of Artificial Intelligence in Infrastructure Deployment”; and “EV Charging Infrastructure.”

    To break up the day lunch was provided by the resort pool before a marathon afternoon of panels and breakout sessions. Continuing the glitz and glam of Vegas, the closing reception was a white party at the pool with showgirls, live painting, and flashy backdrops for all the selfies.

    Our very own Lauren Goff, Carolyn Hardwick and Ashli Fuselier closed the event with an all women led panel, moderated by Kari Willis. “Rolling the Dice: A Fireside Chat with WWLF” was about current industry trends, woes, and intrigue we have been hearing from our members – the panel addressed some sensitive topics that need to be discussed among the big players of the industry. The Panelists also discussed how to get the most out of their career and continue growing within the ever-changing industry. With a live taping for the CALWA Podcast, and a closing panel of all women from WWLF, Wireless West was one for the books!

  • 04 Jun 2023 12:49 PM | Anonymous

    We are proud to announce Liane Sippin as the 2023 Fellowship Award winner. Liane will be mentored by Deborah Fraembs.

    “We would like to thank the impressive pool of applicants that applied for the WWLF Fellowship program. It is a testament to the outstanding talent and commitment to supporting women in the industry. As a review committee, we were inspired by Lianne's dedication to investing in the success of women at DISH Wireless, as well as her passion for community service and volunteerism. We look forward to seeing her continue to encourage and empower women throughout her career,” Debra Mercier, WWLF Co-Executive Director of Programs.

    Liane serves as the Executive Business Partner at DISH Wireless in Chicago, a position she has held since April 2021. In this role, Liane is responsible for serving as the senior advisor to the Vice President and liaising with 11 market managers to provide regional support and ensure consistency in deliverables and projects. Liane co-founded Women in Wireless, a group with a membership of over 200 telecom professionals at DISH. Liane also leads the grassroots effort of DISH Cares initiatives in the central region field offices to promote a culture of service. Liane has volunteered with the Greater Miami Chamber of Commerce and various fraternal organizations. Liane is a graduate of Florida International University with a Bachelor of Arts in Communication.

    Liane states that what she loves about WWLF is the acknowledgement that women in the wireless industry are critical to its success. There are many challenges and opportunities that face the wireless industry and WWLF is at the forefront of bringing human connection, education, and economic growth.

    Liane’s goal as the 2023 WWLF Fellowship recipient is to develop lasting relationships, build her skills as a people-oriented leader, and contribute to the growth of the industry.

  • 04 Jun 2023 12:45 PM | Anonymous

    New Orleans was host to an estimated 3,500 industry professionals attending Connect (X) at the Morial Convention Center, May 8 – 10, 2023.

    As always, this conference, presented by WWLF’s parent organization, the Wireless Infrastructure Association, offered cutting edge educational programming including satellite connectivity, open RAN, multi-access edge compute (MEC), and the latest trends in policy and regulation.

    Workforce development concerns were top of mind throughout the show. WWLF’s panel, “Workforce Engagement in the Era of Generation Z and Beyond” discussed the challenges facing business leaders as they lead the diverse workforce of today and tomorrow. WWLF Immediate Past-President, Amanda Cahill led a thoughtful discussion by WWLF Vice President, Carolyn Hardwick, Gigi Majors, Senior Vice President of Harmoni Towers, and Telisa Schelin, Senior Vice President and General Counsel of ExteNet.

    We were also excited to see panels presented by WWLF Executive Director of Industry Relations, Carrie Charles, and WWLF Boca Raton/South Florida City Representative, Leticia Latino.

    Lauren Goff, WWLF Executive Director of Ways & Means, stated, “What I enjoyed most about Connect(X) this year was threefold: unbelievably valuable learning and networking, the opportunity to work with both my Ramaker and WWLF teams to maximize our presence at the conference, and let’s be clear - hearing our WWLF President Lynn Whitcher speak about our organization was nothing short of inspiring! I enjoy public speaking, but watching Lynn on stage, she has inspired me to set my goals even higher to better hone my craft. Expert job, Lynn! You are an inspiring leader. Thank you for sharing your gift!”

    WWLF was honored to host the closing night reception with 433 of our closest friends and supporters. Guests were treated to a private viewing of some of the most recognizable Mardi Gras parade floats and props before heading over to a quintessential Louisiana garden party experience featuring a starlit sky over an indoor garden filled with life-size oak trees, and footbridges over a beautiful stream.

    One of the highlights of the show was sharing the experience with our 2023 Fellowship Award recipient, Liane Sippin, Executive Business Partner at DISH Wireless in Chicago and her mentor, Deborah Fraembs.

    “Connect (X) 2023 was one for the books. From the speaker sessions to the networking events, this year will be the one to beat. It was great to see the empowerment and the sense of community felt by the WWLF members at Connect (X),” shared Arleth Carbajal, National Director of Events.

    Next year’s conference will be held May 14 – 16, 2024 at the Georgia World Congress Center in Atlanta. We will see you there!

  • 27 Nov 2022 5:09 PM | Anonymous

    Arleth Carbajal
    Senior Project Manager, LCC Telecom Services
    WWLF Regional Director Events - Central Region

    How long have you been a City/Regional Rep for WWLF and what is your territory/region?

    "I have been the Regional Director Events – Central Region since 2021. I was formerly the City Rep for Chicago."

    Why did you join WWLF?

    "I joined WWLF to connect with other female professionals in our wireless industry."

    How has being a part of WWLF impacted you personally or professionally?

    "WWLF has tremendously impacted me professionally and personally. The women have helped me find my voice and boosted my confidence. I have in turned done my best to also assist any new members as they come in unsure of how to connect. I have not only made professional connections but I can call some of these women my friends!"

    Where did you get your start in the industry? What is your current role?

    "I have been with LCC Telecom Services for 11 years. I started as front desk receptionist, then assisted with their real estate. I then moved to their accounting department before I moved to the site acquisition side. I am now a Senior Project Manager, assisting, guiding and overseeing various projects. I am a board member and co-chair of membership for Illinois State Wireless Association. "

    What are your top 3 leadership lessons or advice?

    "1) always be sure to listen
     2) Stay organized
     3) know your audience. I have had to learn to work with different personalities and how to efficiently communicate with each one."

    How do you define success?

    "Success is different for everyone. For me, Success is feeling fulfilled and happy."

    What do you like to do outside of work?

    "I love to spend time with my 3 children, (1 year old, 2 year old and 10 year old), going outside or to the park. We love to stay in and have movie nights together.  I also do crafting on my free time."

  • 27 Nov 2022 4:58 PM | Anonymous

    I recently attended an FIA Formula E race as a VIP guest, which gave me unique access to the pits, crews, and drivers. I’m not sure why, but at the time I was invited, the “E” (standing for “Electric”) never quite hit home and I was expecting something along the lines of what we’ve all come to know and love in traditional auto sports.  Well, I was woefully incorrect, but wonderfully surprised.  I expected to see Formula cars tearing around the track at breakneck speeds, to hear the deafening whine and hum of high-revving engines and the cacophonous sound of the pits as crews sprang into action during each stop, assessing wear and changing tires, wings and other parts with the efficiency and skill of well-programmed robots.  And the smell – who can forget that intoxicating combination of high-octane fuel, exhaust, and burnt rubber? However, rather than the traditional Formula One race I expected, what I got was a front row preview in what is certain to be the evolution of motor sports.  No – this was not the in-your-face, brash display of masculine bravado, but rather a refined, sophisticated, and incredibly orchestrated event of sport and science. All done with electricity, computers, technology.  Speed isn’t sacrificed, in fact, it is increased.  Engineers and drivers are in constant communication, working as one. The thrill is less about the sounds and smell – and all about the storage and management of potential energy - and its eventual explosive, magnificent conversion to kinetic energy and mind-bending acceleration and speed.  Sound and feel are replaced by the potential, the bet on the best and most efficient use of engineering, science and physics.  It’s batteries, Baby!

    After decades of trial and error, empty promises, and even industrial sabotage – EV’s are finally hitting the scene. While the first generation of the current crop of EV entrants have mostly died off (Fiskar anyone?). One notable company, Tesla, has not only survived, but triumphed against all odds and emerged as a global leader in the automotive industry, writ large (don’t get me started on Tesla’s Ludicrous Mode). While some may argue that EV’s aren’t out of the woods yet, Tesla alone puts up a compelling counterpoint given that it’s current market cap of $600 Billion is several times larger than those of the Big 3 auto makers…combined.  In fact, EV’s are not just a reality – they’ve become mainstream and a part of everyday life.  Let’s just say we’ve come a long way since the first commercially viable EV effort, the Electrobat was introduced in 1894!   

    America is embracing electric transportation fast and furious.  Enter the coffers of the US government with programs like National Electric Vehicle Infrastructure (NEVI) Formula Program and we are in the throes of the movement to a more cost-effective, cleaner, quieter technology with its primary goal of addressing climate change.  Whether the proliferation of EVs will really improve climate change or if our infrastructure is even ready to handle the immense increase in grid demand, is another story.  For now, it’s the wave of our future.

    As infrastructure designers, developers, builders, and managers, this means a new movement in the telecommunications industry.  A new division of technology to be rapidly deployed.  Cities with charging stations will be more attractive and have more resources to make their cities shine.  Housing developments with charging stations will offer additional features to their occupants and have another way to generate revenue.  Shopping centers, airports, parking garages… the list goes on for monetization opportunities. Oh, and they all need to be connected! But what does it take to install a charging station?  Land, electricity, backhaul, permitting. Property research, land acquisition, permitting, engineering, construction, program management.  Sound familiar?  For those of us in the telecommunications industry, this is what we have been doing for the past ~30+ years with wireless mobile telecommunications. 

    So, pull up your bootstraps, and get ready for an exciting time.  As all telecom industry initiatives begin, the movement is underway and we’re behind.  Get ready to be involved, get educated and enjoy the ride.

    Over MWC in Las Vegas this year, I had the opportunity to ride the Vegas Loop, between the Convention Center and the The Resorts hotel property.   The underground high-speed transit system is the brainchild of Elon Musk, the ultimate champion of electric and autonomous vehicles. 

    The ride mirrored that of an amusement park attraction.  The lane was just wide enough for the car and the tunnel was lit, but not by natural light.  The Tesla that chauffeured us reached a top speed of only 40mph, though I understand the long-term goal for greater distances is upwards of 100mph!  And…autonomous, of course.

    Space and time became irrelevant as we sped under the glitz and grit of sin city.  Three minutes later we emerged at our destination.  Total cost $3.

    I’m sold.  Ludicrous Electrobat, anyone?

  • 28 Oct 2022 10:07 AM | Anonymous

    Candidates for the positions of President, Vice President, Secretary, and Treasurer are currently serving in leadership with WWLF and will be installed in January 2023.

    Nominations will be received from October 31 – November 14, and voting for candidates will take place between November 21 – December 16.

    You must be an active member in order to nominate and to cast your vote!

    For more information about qualifications for nominations, please contact Amanda Cahill at

    For more information about joining WWLF or renewing your membership, please visit our website

  • 28 Oct 2022 10:03 AM | Anonymous

    According to a 2022 Deloitte article, the technology and telecommunications sectors are set to close the gender gap in the years ahead. Both industries are expected to see an increase in women in the industry and in more senior roles. As more women begin to join the telecommunications industry it is important that they are equipped with the knowledge to ask for and negotiate the compensation packages they deserve. A few keywords to keep in mind when approaching a salary negotiation are time, research, and expectations.

    Taking your time prior to a negotiation goes a long way. During my first few professional negotiation experiences, I was impatient, so I took whatever amount was offered to me. I was eager to start at the company and insecure in my abilities, so I wanted to get the paperwork completed as soon as possible. In retrospect, I could have positioned myself into a better deal if I was more comfortable with taking my time. When a compensation package is offered to you, ask if you can take some time to think about it. Even if you know what to counter with or are happy with the initial offer, asking for some time to think about the offer allows you the opportunity to do additional research and set your expectations. The negotiation phase is your opportunity to take your time before you move forward with a company. The highest salary increases are often seen when joining a new company versus moving upwards within your current organization.

    WWLF Director Debra Mercier’s number one tip when it comes to salary negotiation is “do your research”. Research is the second keyword to think about when preparing for a negotiation and it extends beyond just looking at what a company typically offers for a certain position. The first step of completing research starts with using tools such as LinkedIn Premium or Glassdoor to see what the company typically offers for the position you are applying for. Next, look at similar positions in the company and the positions that are above the one you will hopefully be accepting.  Understanding the base salary for numerous positions in an organization allows you to be knowledgeable about what you can potentially earn as you promote within the organization. The next step is to engage with your professional network. Reach out to professionals you know in the industry and ask them “what would you expect the salary range for this position to be?”. The members in WWLF are great resources to field this information. Many of the women in this organization are well versed in the salaries for different positions and have most likely been in similar positions as you. Another tip is to look at different job titles that have similar responsibilities. The job titles between companies may vary but taking the time to research the salaries tied to positions that have similar objectives to the one you are applying for leaves you better equipped in your negotiation. 

    The third key word to think about is expectations. The research portion of your prep allows you to set expectations around what the position offers but you also want to set expectations around yourself. Think about what your minimum acceptable number is and how to respond to it. Prepare written responses to accept, counteroffer or decline. These responses and numbers should vary from company to company depending on the full compensation package.

    With time, research, and proper expectations, any newcomer to the telecommunications industry should be well equipped in their negotiations.  In addition to this, joining WWLF and connecting with women who have experience in this male-dominated field is a sure-fire way to position yourself for success as you join a new company.

© Women’s Wireless Leadership Forum. All Rights Reserved.

Powered by Wild Apricot Membership Software